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Kennedy Center Receives Large Grant For Improvements In Trumbull

State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) spearheaded the effort that resulted in the Kennedy Center receiving a $299,000 STEAP grant that will be used for infrastructure improvements.
State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) spearheaded the effort that resulted in the Kennedy Center receiving a $299,000 STEAP grant that will be used for infrastructure improvements. Photo Credit: Contributed

TRUMBULL, Conn. -- In their continued effort to boost and support The Kennedy Center in Trumbull, State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123) and Laura Devlin (R-134) announced that Trumbull has been awarded a state Small Town Assistance Program grant for improvements to the Center.

Specifically, the $299,000 STEAP grant will be used for infrastructure improvements. The funds will allow for the engineering, design and construction for replacement of parking lots, sidewalks, curbs and landscape at 39 Lindeman Drive and 2440 Reservoir Ave. in Trumbull. These properties are located on The Kennedy Center campus, which serves more than 2,000 individuals with disabilities each year.

Rutigliano spearheaded the legislative push for the Trumbull project.

“We recently received some very welcome news,” he said. “The Kennedy Center is an amazing asset to the community. This STEAP award will help maintain and develop the Center’s infrastructure in a manner that is crucial for the increasing needs of the organization.”

Under the rules of the STEAP program, localities may receive up to $500,000 per year if (1) their population is under 30,000, (2) they are not designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and (3) the State Plan of Conservation Development does not show them as having an urban center. There are 143 municipalities in Connecticut that are eligible to apply for the highly competitive grants.

“The Kennedy Center is of utmost importance to the people it serves. The organization cannot accomplish its mission on its own. I want to thank the state for this much needed grant,” said Devlin.

”All of us at The Kennedy Center are very grateful to Rep. David Rutigliano for his leadership and commitment in pursuing this STEAP grant,” said Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center. “We also wish to express our deep gratitude to Rep. Laura Devlin and all area legislators for their strong endorsement of this award. Further, this grant would not have been possible without Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst recognizing the need for this infrastructure enhancement as a major priority and advocating on our behalf.”

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